The Philadelphia Jewish Voice

MARCH 2006

News & Op/Ed
• Murder Of French Jew
• Shame on the West
•  Palestinian Elections
• Levy:  Letter To The US
• Danish Cartoons
• Solar Energy in Negev
• Israeli Glucose Monitor
• Letters to the Editor

In Their Own Words
• Alan Sandals

• Community Calendar
• Successful Women
• Israeli Film Festival
• New Voice of Justice

Living Judaism
• Silence Not  Golden

ADAR 5766

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• Minyan Maker in H'burg
• Flip-Flop on  Hunting
• Halliburton Rebuild VP
• Security to Korea
• Bush: I Am An Oilahoic

In Their Own Words
• Memuchan

Living Judaism
• Psalm 23

Networking Central
• Billionaires for Bush

The Kosher Table
• The Shushan Shulchan

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Danish Cartoons
It seems that each week there is a new report of violent demonstrations in protest of the "Danish Cartoons" of Mohammed. American papers have exhibited uncharacteristic restraint (or is it self-censorship) in refusing to print all but perhaps the most inflammatory cartoon. As a result, the American people remain victims of propaganda rather than recipients of information. The media are the direct cause of this.
We rarely hear whether those rioting against the cartoons have actually seen them. Of course, they have not. We don't really know how they would respond to the actual images, and we are not likely to find out. The riots and deaths are not due to the cartoons. They are due to leaders who invoke an unseen evil and prey on the xenophobia of their ill-informed constituents.
If the media are to appear even slightly credible they must stop referring to the evil outcomes of the cartoons. The cartoons are an excuse, not a cause, for the rioting. Responsible media would uncover the truth and report it, not merely repeat the stories they are told.
-- Dr. Kenneth J. Gorelick, Newtown Square, PA

Publisher's note:  Elsewhere in this issue of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, read more thoughts of the Danish cartoon controversy.

Literally Living Judaism: Organ Donation With LifeSharers
More than half of the people who need an organ transplant in the United States will die before they get one. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. Over 6,000 of our neighbors suffer and die needlessly every year as a result.
There is a simple solution to the organ shortage -- give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die.
Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. About 60% of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven't agreed to donate their own organs when they die. People who aren't willing to share the gift of life shouldn't be eligible for transplants as long as there is a shortage of organs.
Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. They do this through a form of directed donation that is legal in all 50 states and under federal law. Anyone can join for free at or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. LifeSharers has 3,818 members, including members in all 50 states and teh District of Columbia. Over 300 of our members are minor children enrolled by their parents.
-- David J. Undis, Executive Director, LifeSharers, Nashville, TN

No Vote On Alito
I know that this article may have a few readers who agree with the author (may). I can only hope that I am wrong, and I have been wrong before. There has been more than a hesitancy on the part of many Jews to give the Republican party the benefit of the doubt so it would not surprise me that this is another example if for no other reason than a Republican nominated this judge. But that is a very poor reason to doubt someone with such credentials as this man, and who has never demonstrated any extremism as the opposition party is implying. Would any fair minded Jew suspect this man as having any part whatsoever in the increase of children dying from Asthma as Senator Kennedy implied in a recent ranting on the senate floor? As ridiculous as that sounds, the lack of sound reasoning clouds the actions of many Jews today. Judge Alito does not represent a threat to Judaism, to separation of church and state, and certainly not to the size nor growth of government. And for Jews who still intend to
vote predominately for Democrats and the Democratic party, why? Do you really think that the protection of Jewish interests is better off in Democratic control, or Republican control? I can tell you this, the nation of Israel is not confused about that question. Israel knows that they have true friends that they can depend on in the Republican party. 
-- Paul Joseph, Solon, Ohio

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